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Lord’s Day Reflections: WCF 3.6

This post is a continuation of my series on the Westminster Confession.

As God has appointed the elect unto glory, so has He, by the eternal and most free purpose of His will, foreordained all the means thereunto. Wherefore, they who are elected, being fallen in Adam, are redeemed by Christ, are effectually called unto faith in Christ by His Spirit working in due season, are justified, adopted, sanctified, and kept by His power, through faith, unto salvation. Neither are any other redeemed by Christ, effectually called, justified, adopted, sanctified, and saved, but the elect only.

Westminster Confession of Faith 3.6

One of the teachings that keeps Calvinism from becoming stagnant is the belief that God has ordained the means whereby the elect are saved. That means is faith, but how can anyone believe without hearing? Moreover, how will they hear unless someone is speaking? (Romans 10:14) • • • Read More • • •

Immodesty, Shame, and the Market of Flesh

When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, the first thing they tried to do was cover themselves. They sought out modesty to cover their shame, but it was wholly insufficient. Their flesh was hidden, but the sins of their flesh were left hanging in the breeze like so much dirty laundry. God Himself had to cover their sin and it’s worth noting that He did so through death. • • • Read More • • •

‘Christian Nudity’ Probably Isn’t the Problem

There was an article posted on Relevant Magazine entitled, ‘Christian Cleavage’ Probably Isn’t the Problem. In it, the author addresses yet another article, The Problem of Christian Cleavage (which was later renamed).

I’m not writing this post to beat up on the author of that post (or Relevant Magazine). I’m sure he had good intentions. There’s a host of articles out there that make many of the same points, so he’s certainly not alone in his opinions. He’s just saying what evangelical bloggers have been saying for years. All of his arguments are good, but in my opinion, he stops short of where he should have gone with them. I’ve decided to take his arguments and apply them in a less rigid, puritanical way. • • • Read More • • •

Culture and Kingdom Episode 007

In this episode, Chris fixes his microphone, we talk about sportsing, and we have our first ever After Show. The idea for the After Show is that we talk about topics that our listeners are less likely to find interesting. This will generally be heady theological stuff since Chris is in seminary and I sometimes like to pretend I am.

We’re very interested in hearing your thoughts, so listen to the episode and then shoot us an email.

Old Covenant: Shadows and Patterns

Writing about the Old Covenant is something of a difficult task. If you look at your Bible, you’ll note that three quarters of it are largely dedicated to the Old Covenant. Beyond that, the only thing more misunderstood in contemporary evangelicalism than the Old Covenant is, perhaps, the book of Revelation. This, by the way, is not a coincidence.

When Christ came to His covenant people, He came to a people who had every Old Testament book that we have but hardly understood any of it. This is not a fault of the Old Testament. Man’s inability to see Christ in the temple furniture is not a deficiency in the carpentry. It’s also not a deficiency in our eyes; we have them and they work, but we don’t see. By faith, we can see Christ everywhere—in the Old Covenant and the New. Without faith, we can’t even see Him in the gospels. • • • Read More • • •

New Portfolio Site

Creating a portfolio site has never been that important to me because I’m employed full time right now. I don’t have a lot of free time for side projects, so soliciting my services wasn’t high on my list of priorities.

This has been really nice, though, because I’ve been able to work on this portfolio website for about the last year: refining, redesigning, and tweaking. At last, it’s finished (for now). I’m pretty happy with it and I really hope you’ll like it. Maybe you’ll even want to hire me for something. • • • Read More • • •

Lord’s Day Reflections: WCF 3.5

Those of mankind that are predestinated unto life, God, before the foundation of the world was laid, according to His eternal and immutable purpose, and the secret counsel and good pleasure of His will, has chosen, in Christ, unto everlasting glory, out of His mere free grace and love, without any foresight of faith, or good works, or perseverance in either of them, or any other thing in the creature, as conditions, or causes moving Him thereunto; and all to the praise of His glorious grace.

Westminster Confession of Faith 3.5

If you’ve ever felt like you have nothing to offer God, then this doctrine is very good news. If you’ve ever thought that there is nothing in you that makes you more acceptable to God then your unbelieving neighbors, this doctrine says that you are right and that it’s all a part of the plan. • • • Read More • • •

Culture and Kingdom Episode 006

It’s been a while, but Chris and I finally got another episode out. Broadly speaking, the topic is the Charlie Hebdo incident. Some details include secularism’s tactics, the battle of worldviews between secularists and all religion, Christianity’s response to both, and Christian use of satire and related tactics.

I think our podcast is finally starting to come together. Having a flowing conversation with someone on the internet, and especially someone you don’t know very well, is very challenging. I think we’re getting better at it, but we’d love your feedback.

One last quick note: I’m not a pacifist. When I said that killing is wrong, I simply meant that murdering people is not an acceptable method for fighting a battle of worldviews. Civil government is given the sword in Romans 12 and it ought to use it, but use it justly—in accordance with God’s Law. Anyone else killing someone is almost always unlawful and therefore sin.

That aside, here’s Episode 006: A Conflict of Worldview

Buttery Smooth Institutes eBook

One of my reading projects for the past several months has been that of slowly plodding through Calvin’s Institutes. It’s a long work and it isn’t easy reading. This was made especially difficult because I was using an especially cumbersome translation—that of Mr. Henry Beveridge.

I used that translation because it was the only one available in eBook format—until recently. I just discovered that Amazon has released Battles’ translation of the Institutes for Kindle. It’s a little on the pricey side, but quite worth it. It’s also quite a bit cheaper than a print copy.

One of the reasons it was taking me so long to get through the book was because of the rough, puritan-esque translation style of my old copy. It was a little like drinking cough syrup. This edition, however, is buttery smooth and quite readable. I highly recommend it.

Lord’s Day Reflections: WCF 3.4

These angels and men, thus predestinated, and foreordained, are particularly and unchangeably designed, and their number so certain and definite, that it cannot be either increased or diminished.

Westminster Confession of Faith 3.4

There are at least two reasons why this hard truth is good news to us. The first is that it means that if we are in the number of the elect, we cannot be removed from them. The second is that, despite our pitiable efforts and failures in the field of evangelism, God will still save His elect. • • • Read More • • •

A Philosophy of Photography

Cameras are tools that take pictures. They’re a fantastically complicated and often expensive tool. That often mean we can easily get lost focusing on what the camera does and ignoring what it is we do with the camera. People buy cameras to take pictures, but—to end a sentence dramatically and in a preposition—what are the pictures for?

This seems to happen more with complicated tools than with simple ones. People generally don’t buy an axe to chop wood without having a goal in mind for the aforementioned chopped wood. But people often buy nicer and nicer cameras in the hopes of taking nicer and nicer pictures while thinking very little about the purpose of pictures. Taking it one step further, people will even hire an expensive photographer to take pictures of their special event because that’s what you do, not because they have some objective those pictures will accomplish. With this post, I’m hoping to help change that. • • • Read More • • •

Quick New Year’s Website Update

Fun fact: search engines almost entirely ignore the words “and,” “the,” and “of.” They also don’t take to kindly to the word “it.” Why does that matter? Well, it means that “And the Rest of It” is a rather awful website name if my goal is to generate traffic.

Thankfully, that’s not my goal. I write because I love writing and want to improve, not because I want people to read all the wonderful things I have to talk about. I also don’t make any money off of running this website. That said, I’ve been encouraged to give my blog a little more publicity by people who say they’ve found my posts helpful. • • • Read More • • •

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